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In Memory of

Lola Faye O'Meara

May 28, 1927 - May 8, 2017

Obituary


Lola O'Meara, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away in her home on Monday, May 8. Lola joins her husband of 55 years, William (Bill) O'Meara, Jr. in peace. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen O'Meara, and five grandchildren: Elizabeth Brooks, Caroline Brooks (Mike Grom), Robert O'Meara (Nicole), Jonathan Brooks, and Emily Brooks.

A fiercely independent woman, Lola remained committed to and active in her community and causes up until April 2017. Lola was a teacher and principal in the East Lansing School District for 33 years, and her passion for giving back inspired...

Lola O'Meara, of East Lansing, Michigan, passed away in her home on Monday, May 8. Lola joins her husband of 55 years, William (Bill) O'Meara, Jr. in peace. She is survived by her daughter, Kathleen O'Meara, and five grandchildren: Elizabeth Brooks, Caroline Brooks (Mike Grom), Robert O'Meara (Nicole), Jonathan Brooks, and Emily Brooks.

A fiercely independent woman, Lola remained committed to and active in her community and causes up until April 2017. Lola was a teacher and principal in the East Lansing School District for 33 years, and her passion for giving back inspired many of those around her. She volunteered with Sparrow Hospital since 1987, was a member of the Edward W. Sparrow Auxiliary for many years, and served as the President of Volunteer Services. Lola held leadership roles with the Michigan Association of Healthcare Advocates, including President of the Southwest District, and was editor of the statewide newsletter. Lola was a member of 100 Women; a member of the East Lansing Women's Club; a founding member and Chairman of Grants for the East Lansing Educational Foundation; a member of the Inner Circle Board of Wharton Center for the Performing Arts Center; and was a dedicated member and former president of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honor society for women educators of distinction, for more than 50 years.

Lola was born in Coulterville, Illinois, and spent most of her time growing up in the Ann Arbor area. Just as impressive as her community involvement was her love of learning, which took her from The Gravel Hill School, a one-room schoolhouse in rural Illinois, to obtaining her master's degree from the University of Michigan. Raised in a farming family at the onset of the Great Depression, Lola's work ethic and values never changed, and she ensured her daughter and grandchildren learned the values of family, education, and of giving back.

As committed as she was to the community, Lola's true joys in life were her family and friends. She and Bill traveled the world together, and lived the true love story many only read about in books. Lola oftentimes said that she hit the jackpot with one daughter and five grandchildren - and spent time with them up until her very last day.
Lola loved to read, history, needlepoint, baking, her University of Michigan Wolverines (and giving her Spartan husband and grandchildren subtle knocks), and was one of the few people left who wrote letters. Her presence lit up a room, and her sharp sense of humor kept others on their toes. She will be missed by many, but blessed to have lived a remarkable life spanning nearly 90 years, and now is at peace with her love.

The family welcomes friends to celebrate Lola's life on what would have been her 90th birthday, Sunday, May 28 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the University Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the East Lansing Educational Foundation's Grants for Teachers Program, or to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation.
The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On-line condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.greastlansing.com.